Neon Painted Doors

Happy Monday, friends! I hope you all had a safe and happy fourth of July weekend. This past week was a whirlwind of show openings at the Utah Shakespeare Festival and this Saturday was also my birthday!

Today on the blog, brightly painted neon doors. 
These door treatments are not for the light of heart.
They're unexpected and completely cheery.


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Moroccan Doorways

I love this door shape. It's found all over Morocco and North Africa. My dream is to one day create a cobalt blue tiled garden gate in this beautiful shape. Until then, here are some inspiring photos.









Nailhead Trim Door

The photograph below was taken by Hilary Walker of Our Style Stories in the home of Meredtih Carmichael. You may have seen it yesterday at Apartment Therapy. Meredith used leather scraps and nailhead to create this stellar look. Nailhead trim on a door? Yes, please! I definitely want to try this out someday on my doors!


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My Mama's Spectacular Bathroom Remodel

Last year, my handy Mama and her handy husband, Obbie, built a bathroom from scratch on what was once their canning porch. Their old farm house, which I featured on Houzz.com last summer (HERE), is located in Eastern Oregon. It was in dire need of a new bathroom. They did such a fantastic job, that I want to share it with you here!






My favorite thing about this bathroom is the origin of the vintage turn-of-the-century cast iron sink they installed. My mother spotted it on the side of a river near their home. She could only see a piece of it sticking up out of the ground with her binoculars. She and her husband waded across the river, carried it back across to their truck and hauled it back to the house for cleaning. After having it resurfaced by a professional in Portland, OR, it was ready for their bathroom!







The 100 year-old claw foot soaking tub was found at an antique / consignment store in Central California and transported to their farm house. My mom refinished and painted it herself.




My Mama found the awesome green vintage bath fixtures below at a salvage place in Portland, OR. They were the color inspiration for the whole bathroom.









And just when it couldn't get any better - they built an open, door-less walk in shower. It's handicap accessible, built with my son, Charlie, in mind. I love love love love love it!






The door to the bathroom opens into the laundry and mud room. Because there wasn't much space for a swinging door, they did a barn door style installation. The door was picked up at a garage sale and Obbie added the privacy glass. Isn't it brilliant?




And here are my sons trying out the soaking tub while their grandma looks on.





Do you?

Every once in a while someone will ask me, "Do you pin?"  Its funny because it sometimes feels like someone is asking if I "toke" or "party".  But instead of weed, its Pinterest, an online pin board for inspiring images, recipes, quotes and crafts.  And I suppose it is like a drug, because I'm pretty addicted these days. And it has really transformed how I search and catalog images for my blog. It's certainly not perfect, but its sure fun! Here are some randdom goodies I found on Pinterest this week.

This amazing tile...

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This stunning peacock door...

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This phenomenal roof-top garden in Manhattan...

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And this ridiculously groovy chair...

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So...
Do you pin?

Art Nouveau Doors

One of my very favorite moments in history for art and architecture is the Art Nouveau period - roughly 1890-1910.  It was most popular in Europe and can still be seen all over France, Austria, Spain and elsewhere.  My understanding is that it was a "back to nature" movement, where artists were interested in harmonizing their environments with the natural world around them.  (Obviously, I'm not an art historian...)  Mostly I'm drawn to the undulating lines, circular motifs and highly ornate decorative details.  Here are some beautiful examples of doors crafted in the Art Nouveau style. 

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Vintage Door Knobs

The interior knob on my front door needs some serious help.  For six months now, the knob has been coming off the door when pulled in a certain way.  So every once in a while an unsuspecting guest pulls on the knob and the whole thing comes off leaving a brown swipe of grease on their hand, or worse, their clothing.  I have absolutely no idea how to replace a front door knob and lock, nor does my husband.  I may have to call someone in.


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